On last days of registration, voters flock to Comelec

October 31, 2012 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Have the voters from this city suddenly become conscious of their right to suffrage?
Remarque Ravanzo, city election officer, said the number of registering voters, most of them transferees from other towns, “suddenly increased” after the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 1-5 when registration was suspended.
“Since there, daily there is an average of 200 ‘residents’ who come who are either new, transferees from other towns and those who are reactivating or validating their records,” Ravanzo said.
Registration to enable residents to vote in the May 2012 elections is until October 31.
There was a big increase of registered voters this year as compared to the May 2010 elections when there were about 83,000, Ravanzo said. The figure has jumped to 91,509 as of August 22, 2012, and is still increasing everyday, he added. The Comelec updates its records quarterly and the final number of voters would be out by November.
But having “registered” does not mean they are already included in the list of voters as the list would undergo validation, Ravanzo said.
The parties may file petition to exclude “questionable voters” such as those who are not really residents of Dagupan.
“We are mandated by law to go from house to house to ascertain that each voter are really residents of that place, but we need budget and we are still waiting for instruction (from higher office),” he said.
This “phenomenon” seems to manifest the rivalry between the Liberal and the Nationalista political parties which have fielded two rival businessmen for mayor – Mayor Benjamin Lim (NP) and Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez (LP). Lim heads the Magic Group of Companies while Fernandez’s family owns the City Supermarket Incorporated.
Both companies have strings of supermarkets and malls in Pangasinan and other provinces.
The two opposing camps accuse each other of hauling voters from other towns to transfer to the city so they can vote for their respective candidates in the May 2013 local elections. The common reasons of registrants are that they or their husbands or wives are working in the city, he said.
Both camps are “tightly guarding” the registrants and to prevent troubles, Ravanzo asked the LP and NP city chair to assign their respective representatives at the Comelec office during the registration period.
Former City Mayor Alipio Fernandez, LP Dagupan chair, assigned four representatives while Lim, NP Dagupan chair, assigned six.
But only one representative of each party can stay at the Comelec office because of the limited space, Ravanzo said.
The representatives were authorized by the party leaders to “observe the conduct and registration of voters, raise issues and concerns, and interpose objections to any document deemed questionable or irregular in the matter of application for transfer and registration of prospective elector(s).”

Entry filed under: News.

LETTER: Teachers’ Woes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Welcome to Northern Watch Online.You are visitor no.

  • 1,001,235 since Feb. 10, 2009

Events Watch

sugod agri-expo Photobucket

Last Week’s Cartoon


Previous issues

Day Watch

October 2012
Regional blogs & blog posts
Regional blogs
Media blogs
Opinion blogs
Community blogs

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,475 other followers

%d bloggers like this: